10 Stars Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows


These celebrities were neither cordially nor otherwise invited. The following list ranks the top ten celebrities who have been banned from talk shows.

This article will cover the prominent individuals who have purportedly been prevented from participating in talk shows, either for previous behaviour on the show or out of principle.


We will not include celebrities banned from other live-style shows, such as “Saturday Night Live,” because that show already has its list.

1. Kathy Griffin “Most of Them!”

Kathy Griffin is a notable comedian who attracts controversy like a magnet. It should therefore come as no surprise that she has been banned from most discussion shows, at least in terms of quantity. Her restrictions include, among others, “Leno,” “Ellen,” “The View,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “The Today Show,” and “Letterman.”


10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

While she has been able to get numerous bans lifted, she has also been re-banned from others, indicating that her humour and conversational style are not necessarily suitable for every talk show.

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2. Joan Rivers “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (1962-92)

Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson were close friends for many years, with the comic appearing frequently on “The Tonight Show.” All of that changed when Rivers received her talk programme on the then-new Fox Network.

10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

Carson, who had a habit of letting new talk show hosts appear on his show before their debuts, felt betrayed by his old friend, barred her from the show, and reportedly never spoke to her again for the remainder of his life.

After Jay Leno took over hosting responsibilities and during Conan O'Brien's brief tenure, it appeared that the ban lasted, with Rivers not returning to the show until Jimmy Fallon took over.

3. Piers Morgan “The Rosie Show” (2011-12)

One of Piers Morgan's previously banned guests was Madonna, whom he deems “very unpleasant,” resulting in her removal from his show. Rosie O'Donnell excluded Morgan from her talk programme out of loyalty to her close friend Madonna.

10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

Yet, given that O'Donnell eventually returned to Morgan's show for a candid interview and even guest-hosted it, it is evident that they reconciled – although the termination of her show may have rendered the subject irrelevant.

4. Kelsey Grammer “Piers Morgan Live” (2011-14)

Piers Morgan is rather well-known for having banned several individuals from his former talk show. It is logical that Howie Mandel, his former co-judge on “America's Got Talent,” is one of them, as the two did not get along.

10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

Therefore, it came as a surprise when he banned Kelsey Grammer. Grammer was set to come on the show in 2012, but he cancelled after a photo of his ex-wife appeared in the opening credits.

Although Grammer was willing to discuss his ex on air and had previously done so, he requested that a photo of her not be aired, therefore the interview never took place. And while we are discussing Piers Morgan

5. Hugh Grant “The Daily Show” (1996-)

Because “The Daily Show” frequently relies on political humour, one could assume that a prohibited guest would be involved in the political process. Ironically, it was the English actor Hugh Grant who was fired while Jon Stewart was in charge.

10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

Grant was impolite backstage and in a terrible attitude during his 2009 visit, which resulted in a ban from the event. Grant has subsequently accepted responsibility for his awful actions at the time, so at least he is aware of his error.

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6. Jay Leno “Conan” (2010-)

Folks, this is a no-brainer! In 2009, when Jay Leno's contract with NBC was set to end, the network proceeded as planned to give Conan O'Brien control of “The Tonight Show.” To maintain Leno on the network, he was retained in a new variety show.

10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

When ratings were low, officials attempted to move Leno back to his original time slot and Conan ahead of him. Conan has stated publicly that he will never invite Leno to appear on his self-titled TBS programme, expressing regret that Leno supported NBC's decision.

7. Vince Vaughn “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (2003)

Unless you're a huge admirer of these actors, you probably don't recall Vince Vaughn and Kevin James appearing in a buddy comedy about adultery directed by Ron Howard. It was not well received by critics or moviegoers; in fact, it failed to recoup its $70 million budget.

10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

Yet, those may not have been the only reasons why “The Dilemma” hardly made a ripple in film history: according to legend, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper alerted Ellen DeGeneres to an unpleasant phrase about gays in the film's trailer.

This supposedly resulted in Ellen barring Vaughn from her talk programme, or prohibiting him from promoting his 2011 film on it. In any case, it appears that the ban was temporary, as Vaughn has since been on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

8. Gary Busey “The Howard Stern Show” (the 1970s)

Gary Busey is notorious for his… let's say, unpredictable behaviour — a head injury can have that effect on a man. But, due to the actor's strange demeanour on “The Howard Stern Show,” he was never invited back.

10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

Notably, Busey attempted to maintain a bear hug with Stern's co-host until they were both on the floor, after which he wrestled Stern. Busey has since claimed that one of his several identities was responsible for the incident. Regardless of who is responsible, Busey will not be returning to Stern's show.

9. Howard Stern “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1992-2014)

As the host of a long-running radio talk programme, Howard Stern has generated considerable controversy over the years. Stern has never been shy about expressing his ideas, and his criticism of former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno continued even when Stern appeared on Leno's programme.

10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

Stern's on-set behaviour, which included bringing scantily clad women onstage and interrupting the other guests' conversations, reportedly resulted in his banishment and public shaming.

Despite the media's portrayal of an alleged long-standing enmity and Stern allegedly being threatened by NBC officials for expressing his hatred, Leno appears to have nothing but respect for Stern, or, at the very least, his opinions of Stern have evolved.

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10. The Kardashians “Anderson Live” (2011-13)

The reality celebrity of this family has made them a cultural phenomenon. Nonetheless, their pervasiveness has resulted in resentment against their renown.

10 Actors Who Have Been Blacklisted From Popular Talk Shows

One such critic is Anderson Cooper, who stated on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” that the Kardashians would never appear on his programme since they were already ubiquitous.

The fact that Khloe Kardashian tweeted her admiration for Cooper around the same time is awful timing, but because Cooper's talk programme is no longer on the air, the family probably doesn't need to worry about the ban – if they ever did.